DEAR FATHER | Adoration is a time to concentrate solely on the presence of Jesus

One story told about St. John Vianney, the saintly pastor of Ars in France, is that he often saw a farmer sit in the back of the parish church. The saint noticed that the farmer would spend long periods of time there before the Eucharist. Finally one day, the saint asked him what he did during his time of adoration. The farmer simply responded, "I look at Him and He looks at me."

This is what Eucharistic Adoration is: a time for us to concentrate exclusively on Jesus present before us and allow Him to look back upon us with love.

Honoring St. Rose Philippine Duchesne with 24 hours of prayer

There’s a new exhibit at the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchense, located on the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. The exhibit provides a self-guided tour of key moments in the saint’s life and the impact her missionary endeavor had on the archdiocese. The shrine is at 619 N. Second Street and is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

A well-known tale of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's life in St. Louis was that she slept in a small closet under a staircase at her community's convent in Florissant.

It was believed St. Philippine Duchesne slept on a straw mattress, in her desire to be as close as she could be to the Eucharist in the chapel nearby. Prayer and adoration were central; they sustained her as she established the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States in 1818 to teach Native American and French children.

‘Awake My Soul’ at Cor Jesu Academy stirs high school students’ faith

Rebecca Venegoni Tower

Maria Zak, a senior at Cor Jesu Academy, prayed at the Awake My Soul Adoration event. The event was organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder, Jamie Garza of TNCE Productions, and campus ministry at Cor Jesu.

Setting aside homework, chatting on social media or other activities, about 85 high school students on Sept. 24 chose to kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament, listened to faith stories of their peers and thanked God for His graces.

The teens attended "Awake My Soul," a praise and worship Adoration event at Cor Jesu Academy in south St. Louis County organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder.

Adoration offers chance to draw more deeply into Christ's presence

Eucharistic adoration

The purpose of eucharistic adoration "is to draw us more deeply into the mystery of Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist," according to the U.S. bishops' Committee on Divine Worship.

In the St. Louis Archdiocese, the Archbishop's Committee for Eucharistic Adoration was established in 1997 to foster conversion through prayer and the sacraments to revitalize participation in the Eucharist and increase participation in eucharistic adoration in the archdiocese.

St. Alexius fosters its Catholic identity through Lenten tradition

Franciscan Father Damien Dougherty celebrated Mass at St. Alexius to start the hospital’s “24 hours for the Lord” observance.

When the Alexian Brothers hosted a "24 Hours for the Lord" observance last weekend at St. Alexius Hospital, they knew it would serve as one more example of how the health care facility is maintaining its Catholic identity.

The Lenten celebration, which takes place in Rome and in dioceses around the world, features churches that are open all night for prayer and adoration. The hospital took a slightly different route by offering a noon Mass March 13, with 24 hours of adoration following.

Editorial | Youth are "chosen" to share their faith in Christ

Adoration at the first weekend of the Steubenville converence.

This summer, youths in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have had myriad opportunities to develop their personal relationship with Christ.

World Youth Day, which starts this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conferences; the Kujenga youth leadership conference and Project Life, a weeklong service retreat, are examples of ways in which these teens here have grown in their faith this summer.

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